Trusts and Estate Services
Estate settlement is a meticulous and multi-faceted process. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is a resource to assist in the disbursement of tangible assets.
Our trust and estates department works closely with fiduciaries to coordinate the valuation and sale of personal property from large estates and important collections. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers recognizes that one of the essential roles of a fiduciary or beneficiary is determining the proper asset valuation in order to ensure that property is appropriately maintained, reported or sold in a manner that fully maximizes value.
Our specialists offer complimentary walk-through services with the goal of providing an accurate representation of each items’ value based on the current auction market. A detailed proposal outlining the manner in which a sale will be conducted from the initial value assessment to removal of the property and settlement is provided to all parties involved.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers provides executors, fiduciaries and beneficiaries throughout the country with confidential, customized appraisals and disposition services. All appraisals are prepared fully in accordance with USPAP guidelines and meet all current requirements set forth by the IRS. Professional appraisals are prepared for the following purposes:
- Estate Tax
- Gift Tax
- Charitable Contribution
- Appraisals for Corporate Valuation Needs
Our exceptional team of specialists regularly appraise and market property by analyzing current trends and conducting comprehensive research. Specialists evaluate thousands of objects each year for auction, allowing them to closely monitor the nuances of the current market. Our trust and estates department recognizes that each client and appraisal situation is unique and often involves multiple asset categories and residences. In addition, our services are tailored to meet our clients’ timelines and specifications. Efficiency and effectiveness from initial walk-through to the delivery of the final documents is a top priority. Fees for appraisals are determined by the number of specialist hours involved and the necessary travel and expenses. Our fees are negotiated based upon the express needs of each client and are competitive within the marketplace.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has been privileged to work with many important museums and institutions throughout the country. Our firm is committed to achieving the highest levels of success for our institutional clients, whether assisting with valuations, consignments or providing advice on acquisitions.
Appraisal and consulting services are offered to museums and institutions at little or no cost, for the purposes of insurance, charitable contribution, gift tax and fair market value, as well as acquisitions and collection management. Each museum and institutional client receives unparalleled access to a dedicated team of specialists who will maximize the sale potential of a single item or an entire collection.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers specialists regularly participate as panelists, charity auctioneers, and speakers at special events, art fairs and conferences around the country. We host tours and museum groups in all of our auction facilities.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers regularly handles significant estates from around the country including property from the estates and collections of Oprah Winfrey, Leona Helmsley, John Belushi, David Stickelber, Lilly Pulitzer, Arthur Rubloff, Mrs. Robert R McCormick, the Potter Palmer families, Reid I. Martin, Mary Porter, Gerard Cafesjian, William e. Benjamin II, Marvin and Margaret Katz, Elizabeth Cheney, Dr. Paul J. Vignos, Jr., Barbara Miller Anton, Ralph Esmerian and the Gore Family Memorial Foundation Trust, among many others.
Our firm has also handled numerous highly visible special event auctions including the sale of memorabilia from the historic Comiskey Park, the former home of the Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Stadium, the former home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks. Both auctions were held at the legendary stadiums with an audience of thousands of bidders. Leslie Hindman auctioneers also offered key property from the Caribou Ranch and Recording Studio, which served as an artistic haven for significant recording artists such as Elton John, Michael Jackson, the Beach Boys and many others.